The Company Of Wolves Characters

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In Angela Carter’s short story “The Company of Wolves”, the protagonist, a young girl who just started her period, and still a virgin was unlike other children. Other children of the area who were forced to grow quickly, this child has been kept young because she is her family’s beautiful and youngest child. Because she is the youngest and most beautiful child, her family spoiled her and sheltered her from life’s harsh realities. By doing this they have cultured her, made her into the gender ideal of a sheltered, sweet, and trusting girl. The girl’s virtuousness both endangers her and saves her; she is trusting enough to believe in the hunter’s good intentions, but sympathetic enough to understand his torment and be with him.
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When the girl strips naked and approaches the wolf, it at first seems that she is sacrificing herself to him. Then, when the wolf says he will eat her, she laughs because “she (knows) that she (is) nobody’s meat,” (Carter, 118). By acting upon her sexual desires, the girl doesn’t offer herself as meat or food but as flesh and a human being. When someone is having sex the person’s body is not seen as being his or her own but it belongs to the other person who has the honor of this action. The girl claims her sexual desire and her flesh as her own, she can give her “immaculate flesh” willfully to the werewolf and also take him. Carter even said that the girl “eats” the werewolf. “She will lay his fearful head on her lap and she will pick out the lice from his pelt and perhaps she will put the lice into her mouth and eat them,” (Carter, 118).
When the girl burns her cape, she rejects her virginity and her naïvetés in favor of her sexual insight. She also rejects her townsperson identity of uncompromising advantage to creatures. The townspeople burn werewolves’ clothes in order to “condemn them to wolfishness,” and so the girl burns her own clothes in order to become one with the werewolf and his kind.
The girl undresses in order to relate the creature in herself, her sexual desire, and to the actual creature to whom she engaged. She takes the lead to be reborn as self-owning sexual being. Carter goes far as to compare a werewolf’s
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